Albuquerque & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition.
Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.
There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered on cemetery grounds.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 8pm Mountain Standard time. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.
Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Erin Deveau, DVM
“The meaning of life is service to others.” This pearl of wisdom was shared by a mentor in my hometown of Corning, a small community in rural Upstate NY. The truth of his statement resonates with me as much today as when I first heard it. Thanks to my husband’s military career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve animals and clients all over the country. My husband and I agree, however, that Albuquerque is the first place that has truly felt like home. We are so glad, after a short hiatus in Connecticut and Hawaii, to be back home in New Mexico for good.
The first time I experienced the joy of an animal’s unconditional love was when my mother finally succumbed to years of begging for my very own kitty. I still remember the excitement I felt when I came home from school to hear the indignant yowls of a half-Siamese, gray fuzzball who had been hidden in the bathroom as a birthday surprise. His name was Mooters and we were inseparable.
Despite the many years and happy memories we had together, it was during the heart-breaking loss of Mooters that I found my calling. I knew at that moment my purpose in life was to care for, heal, and relieve the suffering of animals. During my training at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine I volunteered with the Pet Loss Support Hotline, taking calls from pet owners who were grieving the loss of a beloved friend. It gave me a unique glimpse at the enduring power of the human-animal bond, and I embrace the responsibility of nurturing and honoring that bond in my work every day.
I do my best to assist clients during some of the hardest decisions they will ever make: when to transition from seeking a cure to hospice care and when to say goodbye to their four-legged family member. Giving the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge to their companion – who is so much more than “just a pet” – is an honor and privilege that touches my heart. I hope to help you and your special loved ones during these difficult times with the compassion and understanding of having been there myself, first with Mooters and several furry family members since.
"Dr. Erin, from Lap of Love was an angel to be here and assist with one of life's most difficult tasks. She soften the experience with her compassionate demeanor and for that I thank her for the loving way she made Oliver's passing a gentle and peaceful transition.
It's hard to imagine him not being physically here with me, but I know his spirit will always be by my side.
He was my "Big Red" the most gentle and loving companion I've ever known. I truly feel blessed and grateful to have had him for 12 years."
Joyce BidwellAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"I couldn't imagine any veterinarian selecting to focus their practice specifically on pet hospice/euthanasia (just because it would be so sad!), but after meeting Dr. Erin, it became quite clear that her compassionate spirit and calm demeanor are perfectly suited for the work she's chosen. She was incredibly thoughtful and kind, thoroughly explained the entire process, and was so gentle with my sweet little creature. I would highly recommend Dr. Erin to any family faced with saying goodbye to their beloved friends."
Shawna CoryAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Tripod got to go out the way she lived her life, in her own home surrounded by people who loved her. I highly recommend at home euthanasia, time and resources permitting. Dr. Erin eased Tripod in shuffling off this mortal coil with grace & compassion, and with a patience for my 8 yo's questions that I couldn't muster in my grief (and I wouldn't have had the answer to a lot of the medical questions on my best day). My heartfelt thanks to Lap of Love and Dr. Erin."
Albuquerque, New Mexico
"Dr. Deveau was very kind. Her empathy and professionalism are wonderful traits. Thank you Dr. Deveau for making this difficult experience easier."
Irene KoepkeBernalillo, New Mexico
"After 15 years of the most fun, loving, relationship with our Roxy, a rescue from the Navajo reservation, we found ourselves facing this major and tough decision that most of you reading this will be making. We hiked, biked and roamed over 35 thousand miles from Boston to the BC Rockies and we know that kept her and us healthy for years. Her arthritis finally got the best of her and we knew it was time. Erin came to our home and immediately we felt calmed, comforted and cared for. Her spirit and energy was just what was needed to bless and grace our home. It was as if we were her only care the whole day. Roxy's passing was peaceful, beautiful and we know without a doubt the kind thing to do. I would recommend Erin and her team to anyone facing this dilemma.. She is a blessing and we honor her for the work she and her team do every day to give families peace and love..."
sally ADAMSALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico
"After sharing our home with Maxie for almost 15 years, making the decision to end her suffering was one of the most difficult decisions of my life. Dr. Erin was a true angel in assisting us through the process. She has the highest levels of knowledge, professionalism and compassion. She was not only able to perform the necessary tasks with a relaxing confidence but was also able to share her knowledge with us in a meaningful and calming way so as to make our transition as smooth as possible. I give her my dearest thanks and my highest recommendation to anyone else that is facing this terrible situation."
Chris BarryRio Rancho, New Mexico
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center
Best Friends Pet Cremation Services Pet Loss Support Group
Veterinary Emergency & Speciality Center of New Mexico
Animal Humane New Mexico Pet Loss Support Group
Pet Loss Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the metro Albuquerque area, including Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas & East Mountains. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 67572Albuquerque, NM 87193-7572